Noted author Vince Flynn has passed away aged 47 following a long battle with prostate cancer, TVWise has confirmed. He is survived by his wife Lysa and three children.
Flynn is best known for his series of CIA counter-terrosim novels featuring Mitch Rapp. Flynn suffered from dyslexia and after his first novel was rejected countless times he took to self-publishing Term Limits in 1997 before securing a publishing deal with Simon & Schuster imprint Pocket Books. In the years that followed he published a further 13 novels and was working on a fourteenth prior to his death.
Almost all of those novels (except Term Limits) featured CIA counter-terrorism expert Mitch Rapp and the feature film rights to the character were optioned by CBS Films who are trying to get an adaptation of Flynn’s novel American Assassin off the ground with Jeffrey Nachmanoff attached to direct. In addition to being a noted novelist, Flynn also served as a story consultant on the fifth season of Fox’s drama series 24 and sources say he was a key player behind the storyline that had President Logan as the man responsible for the terrorist attacks featured in that season. Flynn was represented by Sloan Harris at ICM Partners.